So, here's the scoop on the 11 BIG REASONS TO SELF-PUBLISH INSTEAD OF SIGNING WITH A PUBLISHER. (It took me 14 years to figure this out, so you don't have to learn the hard way! I've gotchu! I've been there and done that, and if I can help it, you won't have to navigate the bumps and bruises I did.)
If you SELF-PUBLISH INSTEAD OF SIGNING WITH A PUBLISHER, you get to:
Keep your Intellectual Property Rights on every book (or piece of content) you write/create.
Choose what to write and what to publish when.
Write in multiple genres, if you so desire.
Receive the royalties you earn every month instead of only twice per year.
Receive 100% of your royalties earned instead of giving a percentage to your agent and publisher.
Sell your books in approximately 13 countries around the world (thanks to Amazon KDP) instead of having to wait until your agent and publisher negotiate publishing deals one country at a time (if they even decide your books will make them money doing so).
Have the final say on all aspects of your book(s) - the cover designs, the edits, the overall design and format of each book, etc.
Brand yourself (as an author) and brand your book(s) any way you choose to.
Have the opportunity to turn your books into audiobooks for sale on Audible.
Experience a "shelf-life" that lasts forever instead of having about three weeks in a big bookstore (if you're even lucky enough to get there at all) for a reader to find your book(s) and buy them.
Enjoy the fabulous fun and fantastically satisfying moments of writing and publishing the books of your heart.
Cheers Hugs and Love -- DD
P.S. I'll share all the scoop on each and every one of these items on my list in future posts, classes, workbooks, and coaching programs. For now, just use this list to help you make the decision to self-publish instead of seeking a traditional publisher.